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Behind The Scenes: Spot On!

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I was seeing spots for weeks after working on the Spot On! story in our summer issue. From polka-dot candy to an entire polka-dot metal chandelier, we seemed to cover the spotted spectrum. But behind the scenes it looked like a polka-dot exploded, there were spots everywhere we looked...I even started dressing in spots! Check out my photos below for a small glimpse into our fun and playful shoot!

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How many circle punches does it take to produce a Spots story?

1 How many circle punches does it take to produce a Spots story?

In the process of making our metal spotted chandelier.

2 In the process of making our metal spotted chandelier.

Cutting metal sheets into panels

3 Cutting metal sheets into panels

Here I am working on the chandelier with Erin

4 Here I am working on the chandelier with Erin

Measuring the metal for the size of the panel

5 Measuring the metal for the size of the panel

What would we do without a good old circle puncher?

6 What would we do without a good old circle puncher?

Tip: The circle punch was great for doing the outer edges of the metal panels but the circle cutter was more useful to cut into the center of the metal panel.

7 Tip: The circle punch was great for doing the outer edges of the metal panels but the circle cutter was more useful to cut into the center of the metal panel.

We loved the metallic circles we got from cutting into the metal panels. We gave them to Martha to hang on her trees in her garden to keep the birds from snacking!

8 We loved the metallic circles we got from cutting into the metal panels. We gave them to Martha to hang on her trees in her garden to keep the birds from snacking!

This Fiskars circle cutter was the other tool we used to make the metal panels. This tool allows you to make circles all over the panels, including the center.

Tip: It is helpful to wear gloves while doing this project for safety as well as to avoid finger prints on your metal sheets.

9 This Fiskars circle cutter was the other tool we used to make the metal panels. This tool allows you to make circles all over the panels, including the center. Tip: It is helpful to wear gloves while doing this project for safety as well as to avoid finger prints on your metal sheets.

Our panels are coming along

10 Our panels are coming along

Now its time to hang them

11 Now its time to hang them

Everyone lent a helping hand while we were hanging the panels—even the lovely Sylvie!

12 Everyone lent a helping hand while we were hanging the panels—even the lovely Sylvie!

All hands on deck.

13 All hands on deck.

Time to hang the chandelier over the table. At first we had a cloth on the table and we ended up taking it all off and going with a clean surface.

14 Time to hang the chandelier over the table. At first we had a cloth on the table and we ended up taking it all off and going with a clean surface.

We tweaked the chandelier after hanging it— removing some panels and moving around others to get it to the shape we liked most. Some people may prefer their chandelier fuller and others more spare.

15 We tweaked the chandelier after hanging it— removing some panels and moving around others to get it to the shape we liked most. Some people may prefer their chandelier fuller and others more spare.

How beautiful are these Japanese ranunculus we used for the shoot?

16 How beautiful are these Japanese ranunculus we used for the shoot?

They were so fluffy!

17 They were so fluffy!

We love putting one or two flowers in a single vase. When grouped together it really makes a statement!

18 We love putting one or two flowers in a single vase. When grouped together it really makes a statement!

Starting the mini cakes. We could not stop snacking while decorating.

19 Starting the mini cakes. We could not stop snacking while decorating.

Our adorable, about-to-pop Katie decorating the mini cakes on set.

20 Our adorable, about-to-pop Katie decorating the mini cakes on set.

Katie and Sylvie setting up the shot

21 Katie and Sylvie setting up the shot

Flattening out the fabric to make a perfect surface.

22 Flattening out the fabric to make a perfect surface.

Making some DIY confetti from vellum paper to garnish our mini cake table.

23 Making some DIY confetti from vellum paper to garnish our mini cake table.

I love how these circle punches cut so neatly into vellum.

24 I love how these circle punches cut so neatly into vellum.

The aftermath

25 The aftermath

Soft tone vellum circle confetti

26 Soft tone vellum circle confetti

So many

27 So many "circle" decorations for our mini cakes!

I loved this stationery from Sugar Paper.

28 I loved this stationery from Sugar Paper.

You can never have enough spotted fabric!

29 You can never have enough spotted fabric!

How cool is this fabric?

30 How cool is this fabric?

Polka-dot tulle!

31 Polka-dot tulle!

Fabric swatches

32 Fabric swatches

Pretty spotted ribbon

33 Pretty spotted ribbon

Great circle cards in every color from Paper Source.

34 Great circle cards in every color from Paper Source.

Yummy candy options for our favors.

35 Yummy candy options for our favors.

Tag options for our favors.

36 Tag options for our favors.

Katie working on the favors.

37 Katie working on the favors.

Erin making the tulle hair pins for our flower girl.

38 Erin making the tulle hair pins for our flower girl.

I had to test them out.

39 I had to test them out.

And now the tulle petticoat for our flower girl.

40 And now the tulle petticoat for our flower girl.

Our adorable little flower girl.

41 Our adorable little flower girl.

Erin made a collar for our dalmatian model, Liam.

42 Erin made a collar for our dalmatian model, Liam.

I think he liked it!

43 I think he liked it!

Liam joins the set.

44 Liam joins the set.

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